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Ancient people in the Kingdom of Judah may have gotten high off weed

5/30/20--More than 2,700 years ago, worshipers at a "holy of holies" shrine in Israel may have gotten high on weed. Researchers discovered burnt cannabis and frankincense at the site, which was located in the Kingdom of Judah. Read

Newfound cannabis compound may be 30 times more potent than THC

1/10/20--Two newfound cannabinoids have been discovered in the glands of the Cannabis plant, and one of them may be at least 30 times as potent as the high-inducing compound THC. However, it's still unknown if it causes a high or has medical benefits. Read

Owls dying near marijuana farms (here’s why)

1/11/18--New research reveals that several species, including the northern spotted owl, are succumbing to rat poison from thousands of "unpermitted private marijuana grow sites" in the northwestern California counties of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte. It's the contamination of the owls' primary food source — mice and rats, which, like humans, are attracted to the aromatic crop — that has been the animals' undoing. Read

Marijuana with ‘CBD’ may pose less risk to long-term users

9/8/17--According to a new study authored by Dr. Ken Mackie, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, marijuana with relatively high levels of cannabidiol may be less risky to smoke over the long term, because this ingredient may counteract some of the drug's harmful effects. Read

Illegal pot use is rising in states that have legalized medical marijuana

4/26/17--According to a new study led by Deborah Hasin, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University in New York City, illegal marijuana use has risen faster, in recent years, in states that have legalized medical marijuana than in states without such laws. In addition, the percentage of people with "marijuana use disorders" — people who use the drug in unhealthy ways, or abuse it — has also increased at a higher rate in these states. Read

Can marijuana treat MS symptoms?

1/17/17--An estimated 400,000 Americans are currently living with multiple sclerosis, and available therapies do not sufficiently relieve MS symptoms. As a result, many people with the condition are trying alternative therapies, like cannabis. Based on several studies, the American Association of Neurology states that there is strong evidence that cannabis is effective for treatment of pain and spasticity, common symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. Read

Marijuana extract may help treat severe epilepsy, new studies show

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-9-24-09-pm12/3/16--A drug made from marijuana that does not produce a "high" may help reduce seizures in people with certain types of epilepsy that are difficult to treat, new research suggests. In two new studies, researchers tested the drug, which is a purified solution of cannabidiol (CBD). Although CBD affects the brain, it does not produce euphoria or intoxication. Read

Marijuana use may impair your coordination

11/18/16--Smoking pot may impair coordination and other motor skills, even when you're not high, a new review of studies finds. Researchers found that people who used marijuana had differences in brain areas called the corticostriatal networks compared with people who didn't use the drug. These areas are connected to motor learning and control, and can affect people's reaction time, memory, and the ability to switch between tasks, according to studies included in the review. Read

Teen use of opioids linked to marijuana

11/7/16--Teens who take opioid painkillers without a prescription also often use cannabis, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed information from more than 11,000 children and teens ages 10 to 18, in 10 U.S. cities. Overall, about 29 percent of the teens said they had used cannabis at some point in their lives, but among the 524 participants who said they had used prescription opioids in the past 30 days, nearly 80 percent had used cannabis. Read

Marijuana legalization 2016: a voter guide

10/28/16--Voters in nine states will have the chance this year to decide whether they want to legalize the recreational or medical use of marijuana. In a Live Science article, contributor Stephanie Pappas poses the questions: What exactly does a vote for, or against, the legalization of marijuana mean? And, what impact might this legislation have? She provides an at-a-glance guide at the states voting and the issues on the table. Read

High-potency pot doubles risk of marijuana dependence

10/21/16--The more potent the pot is, the more likely a person who uses it is to become dependent on it, a new study from the United Kingdom finds. The researchers found that 43 percent of the participants who preferred high-potency pot were dependent on the drug, compared with 22 percent of the participants who did not prefer high-potency pot. Read

Heavy marijuana use may damage the brain

9/26/16--Heavy marijuana use over a long period of time may severely damage the brain, according to a new review of previous research. The results of the new report and previous findings on marijuana's effects on the brain are particularly concerning as marijuana continues to be legalized for medical uses, the researchers said. Read